A journalist based out of Calcutta, Nidhi Dugar Kundalia has an MA from City University, London. She has written extensively on society, subcultures and cultural oddities in newspapers like The Hindu, the Times of India and magazines like Kindle Magazine and Open.
A Haridwar pandit who maintains genealogical records of families for centuries; a professional mourner who has mastered the art of fake tears; a letter writer who overlooks the lies that a sex worker makes him write to her family back home.
These are remnants of an India that still exist in its old streets and neighbourhoods, an unshakeable sense of belonging to a time that was the everyday life of our ancestors. In The Lost Generation, Nidhi Dugar Kundalia narrates the unforgettable stories of eleven professionals-from the hauntingly beautiful rudaalis to the bizarre tasks of a street dentist-uncovering the romance, tragedy and old-world charm of India's ageing bylanes and its incredible living history.
Nidhi Dugar Kundalia
Nidhi Dugar Kundalia is a journalist and her stories and essays have appeared in various national newspapers and magazines. She mostly writes on socio-cultural issues, documenting human lives and their journeys through various settings. Her first book, The Lost Generation: Chronicling India's Dying Professions, was released in 2016 to a warm reception. Her second book is White as Milk and Rice: Stories of India's Isolated Tribes. She is a graduate of the School of Arts, City University, London and lives in Kolkata with her husband and children.